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UTHSC at Houston Student Society of Emergency Medicine Update
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by Max Goulas

For 2015-2016 the UTHSC at Houston Student Society of Emergency Medicine has 418 members on our mailing list, however more are expected to come once the class of 2019 joins up. SSEM is a very large student organization which meets about once a month to bring in faculty speakers or pannels as part of a blue book credit lecture series. Additionally, SSEM helps to promote research opportunities, connect students with physicians to shadow, hold clinical skills workshops and provide community outreach opportunities. Our officers for the 2015 - 2016 year are: Max Goulas (President), Juan Deleija (VP of Administration), Claire Ellis (VP of Skills Workshops and Socials), Betsy Haberl (VP of Ride-alongs and Organized Medicine), Melissa Silva (VP of CPR) and Brandon Wang (VP of Shadowing and Advising. Below we have highlighted some of the unique opportunities available at the UTHSC for students interested in Emergency Medicine

HOUSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT RIDE ALONG PROGRAM
The UTHSC at Houston Student Society of Emergency Medicine has six available slots per month for students to ride along with Houston Fire Department's ALS paramedics. This opportunity is available to SSEM members, Baylor College of Medicine students, and students on 4th year EM rotation. It is not necessary to have EMT or paramedic training to participate. This entire program is headed up by Dr. Kevin Schulz who currently serves at the Assistant Medical Director for the City of Houston Fire Department and the Director for the UT Emergency Medicine Residency EMS Elective Rotation.

SHADOWING PROGRAM
Currently, the UTHSC at Houston Student Society of Emergency Medicine offers shadowing opportunities throughout the department of Emergency Medicine. These shadowing opportunities are located at the Memorial Herman and Lyndon Baines Johnson General hospitals. The general goal of this shadowing program are to expose students to the Emergency Department as soon as possible, and build relationships with faculty they will later encounter in hospital rotations.

BLS CERTIFICATIONS
Each semester, the UTHSC at Houston Student Society of Emergency Medicine offers two BLS for healthcare provider courses to medical and undergraduate students. These courses serve to spread knowledge of BLS throughout the Houston community and afford students an opportunity to keep up their certifications. Additionally, last year 6 students began acquiring BLS Instructor certifications through Dr. Ted D. Pate (BS, MS, PhD) from the UTHSC at Houston.

CLINICAL SKILLS WORKSHOPS
The UTHSC at Houston Student Society of Emergency Medicine holds four clinical skills workshops each year, with the assistance of EM residents from Memorial Herman Hospital. The clinical skills workshops planned for the 2015 - 2016 year are: suturing, basic airway, ultrasound and advanced airways. These workshops help expose our pre-clinical members to some of the skills they will be expected to preform in their clinical rotations.

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